Police watchdog to unveil Hillsborough findings today

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The police watchdog is to publish its findings today after investigating claims of misconduct by a senior police officer following the Hillsborough football tragedy.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has investigated allegations that former West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison, who worked for South Yorkshire Police at the time of the disaster, supplied misleading information following the tragedy in April 1989.

Sir Norman, who has strenuously denied any wrongdoing, was a Chief Inspector in South Yorkshire at the time of the disaster in which 96 football fans died.

He was a spectator at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest when fans were crushed to death on the terraces and was involved in the police investigation into what happened at the ground.

He resigned from West Yorkshire Police in October amid controversy over his handling of the aftermath of the tragedy, saying the scrutiny was too much of a distraction for the force.

Sir Norman was referred to the IPCC last year following allegations he ‘concocted a false story of what happened’.

Kevin Robinson, the former chairman of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, said if Sir Norman had broken the law or done anything to corrupt the law he should be prosecuted accordingly.

He said: “There’s no exemption for him, it doesn’t matter what he is or who he is. We are all here to obey the law and he is no different.

“If he has got nothing to hide, then he has got nothing to worry about.”

An independent panel published a report last year on the Hillsborough disaster, which revealed evidence of how South Yorkshire Police had attempted to shift blame for the tragedy from the force on to the victims.

The panel examined hundreds of thousands of documents on the disaster held by organisations since the tragedy unfolded.